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300 miles in a week.

Old 09-10-04, 02:08 AM
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Old 09-10-04, 03:01 AM
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Probably too much too soon unless you've been riding between 20-40 miles on days you ride. The advice I've gotten is to increase your mileage steadily, something like 10% per week. Someone want to correct me here?
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I don't think that it would be a problem. Lots of people take cycling vacations in which they ride more miles than that with less than 100 average weekly miles in the weeks leading up to it.
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You can do it. You may need a day or two to recover, though.
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I do 300 mile weeks with a fair amount of frequency - 50 miles a day, 6 days a week. My diet is almost entirely based on complex carbohydrates during this period. I usually consume 600/700 grams per day when I am riding at this level. It is very important to consume carbs and some protein as soon as you finish your ride. It is also important to continue replenishing your stockpiles through the rest of the day for the next day's ride. Best of luck to you!
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My thoughts:
If I was to jump to a 300 mile week, I would certainly mix it up more, and have 2 days of easier shorter rides around 20 miles, and also have some really long rides like 70+ miles.

I would see more benefit in mixing up the workouts. Although one week of your proposed strategy is great, if you continued it for weeks it would loss its benefits over a more diversified plan.
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I went from 100 miles a weeek right to 200 miles a week. It's quite a transition, but you can do it. You really need to factor in recovery time; you can't just start mashing out the miles without some down time for your muscles to build.
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In May I rode everyday for 10 days while my wife and daughter were away. I got in 340 miles in that time with some 40-50 mile rides, fast club rides, etc.

Listen to your body and do some short, easy rides if your legs feel dead or take the day off.

I don't think you'll have any problems unless you push hard when you're exhausted.

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i've never ridden as much as that, but my advice would be not to force yourself to stick to it if your body is telling you different at some point during the week.

all the injuries i've had as an adult have been "overuse injuries" and a big factor in thier onset is a sharp increase in activity.

so go for it, but if you're way to sore or way to tight at some point on one of the later days then you'd be better off loving the 150 or 200 you have in your range right now than hurting yourself.
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Originally Posted by Ben Cousins
My good lady is away next week and I'm toying with the idea of using this as an opportunity to get some serious miles in. This week is fairly normal at around 100 miles. I was thinking next week of doing...

50 miles on Sunday, then 40 miles a day through the week, followed by another 50 on Sat.

Is this jump in miles advisable? Is there anything specific I should be doing with my diet to achieve this? Am I likely to sustain injury by jumping my mileage this much?
that 50 miler on saturday is gonna feel awful. I'd recommend doing some harder rides, and some easier rides, as borg said. do a few 20 milers, and a couple of 70-80 milers. You'll get better that way, and not as tired.
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